The Medieval Tailor's Assistant: Making Common Garments 1200-1500 Paperback – 1 Oct 2001
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About the Author
Sarah Thursfield is an experienced cutter and dressmaker with a special interest in medieval dress. Her tailoring commissions include medieval and Tudor outfits for museums, garments for exhibitions, and many outfits for historical re-enactors.
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The title says "making common garments 1200-1500" and what it means is that it covers the basic components of an outfit from these periods, not necessarily that the garments are simple or bland. The patterns deal with the basic building blocks of:
* smocks, shirts, braies (undergarments and body linens),
* cotes, kirtles, doublets, hose (main garments)
* surcotes, cotehardies, gowns, cloaks, frocks (outer garments)
* hats, caps, coifs, hoods, barbettes, veil, etc (head-wear)
* belts, purses, pouches, gloves, aprons, etc (accessories)
None of the patterns deal specifically with very fashionable designs, but are perhaps quite non-descript in those terms. This leaves much room for personalization and individual designs, e.g. embroidery, pattern adaptation, and so on. The book does bring up ideas for finishing touches like lacing, buttons, tassels, pearls and that sort of thing.
My own opinion of the authenticity of these patterns is that the author appears very serious and a proponent of historically correct methods, materials, and patterns.Read more ›
I know Sarah wanted to include more detail and in-depth discussion on the costume, but for a basic beginer or a sewer that hasn't 'done' medieval before her book is a really good base.I think someone new to it would find more detail confusing. (Sarah was the lady talkng about costume on Terry Jones' Medieval Lives btw and had made/advised with alot of the kit on show)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Long awaited sequel, did not disappoint!!!!! Well done Sarah!Published 11 months ago by Julian Rutherford
Still upper-class clothes. Expected more about everyday wear for common people.Published 13 months ago by Marianne Serup
If you are interested in medieval tailoring or costume making then this is the book for you. It is crammed full of period specific pattern information and sources, information on... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amatheya
Excellent for reenactment costumes,especially if you are new to it like me. Learn't so much and very easy to use.Published on 15 Oct. 2013 by Mrs Y Banfield
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